This Christmas, let’s see how much we can #supportlocal, choosing small, independent local businesses over the high street chains.
Our Gift Guide is here to make that as easy as possible. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, thoughtful cards, stunning decorations or incredible food.
These stunning pieces of jewellery are not only lovingly handcrafted – they also contain something that’s more precious to their wearer than any amount of gold or diamonds.
That’s because the rings, pendants and charms made by Paula Roberts of Forget Me Not Ashes Jewellery contain some of the ashes of lost loved ones, or beloved pets, mixed into the coloured resin. It makes each one a truly beautiful memento of a life lived by someone extra special, never to be forgotten.
Paula also makes breastmilk jewellery, too. A perfect gift for a new mum.
Buy from: Forget Me Not Ashes Jewellery, Lowton. You can view more of the items sold by Forget Me Not on their website – where you can also place an order or make an enquiry about something bespoke.
Cost: Prices for the jewellery start at around £40. As each piece is crafted with the wearer in mind, an order may take up to seven days to complete.
This stunning Shoji Lantern has been handmade in Lowton by the very talented The Timber Hermit.
Made from Oak and Maple and backed in traditional washi paper, it features a kumiko pattern is called yotsuba izutsu-tsugi.
If that's not enough it comes with remote control LED tea lights!
Buy from: The Timber Hermit, Lowton
Cost: Prices start at £45.
Six Seven Twenty create beautiful hand-poured, highly scented, soy wax candles and botanical wax melts. Their ethos is to create products that are kind to you but also kind to the planet. They only work with sustainable, biodegradable soy wax and all their products are vegan, cruelty free, plastic free and created by hand in Golborne.
Candles - handpoured with sustainable soy wax in a range of festival scents. From £7.
Mixed scent wax melt boxes - Mix and match your favourite scents to create your ultimate scent box for £10. Also available as a gift set with a burner for £16.
The Cozy Night In Gift Set - Treat yourself or someone you love to the ultimate hygee experience. A soy wax candle, chocolate bar and alpaca bed socks for the perfect night in. £30.
The Soy Wax Gift Set - a perfect gift for a fragrance lover. A soy candle, plus a burner and set of botanical wax melts. £20.
Buy from: Six Seven Twenty, Golborne.
Give someone a gift that'll be something to look forward to once Christmas is over with gift vouchers from SJW Beauty.
There'll be nothing better to brighten a wet and cold January day than a trip to their lovely studio in Leigh for a facial steam, nourishing skin treatment, or a gorgeous set of gel nails.
There's also the option to make your gift even more special, because SJW have teamed up with Boxicious to create the ultimate pamper package for two.
You and a friend can choose two treatments each (either luxury gel polish manicure or pedicure; or mini glowing skin facial), PLUS enjoy a mini afternoon tea each, or graze platter to share.
Cost: £45 each for the Ultimate Pamper for Two package; gift vouchers available too.
Give a gift voucher for Love Lee Beauty this Christmas, and you'll be giving them something to look forward to in the New Year.
Love Lee Beauty is run by Leanne, and based in Newton-le-Willows offering health and beauty treatments. With a gift voucher this Christmas, you'll be giving a choice of beautifully styled brows, gorgeous lashes, a luxurious pedicure or manicure. They also offer foot peels, facial waxing and gel polish.
All in all, a great start to 2022!
Buy from: Love Lee Beauty
Buy ethical products from the Body Shop without needing to visit the high street. Simply buy from Lowton based Body Shop at Home consultant Claire. Better still, if you aren't sure which products your friend or relative will like best, with just a little bit of information, Claire can advise you! Easy.
Buy from: Self Care with Clare
Make the arrival of Santa's Elf even more spectacular with these Elf on the Shelf themed ballooons from The Party and Balloon Shop in Lowton.
They won't be able to believe their eyes when they see the balloons that elf has brought!
Buy from: The Party and Balloon Shop, Lowton
Cost: From £5.50.
Simon Curtis is an author, illustrator and maths tutor from Lowton. As a result, his books are fun, beautifully illustrated - and even a little bit educational, too!
Simon's latest book, The Grumpy Giraffe, makes a perfect gift for a child aged around 3-6. It tells the story of cheeky Milo The Monkey, who is sent to find ways to occupy himself by his exasperated mother. He finds a solitary giraffe who has no time for making friends. Milo decides he wants to change that!
As well as this picture book for younger children, Simon has also authored a series of books suitable for slightly older kids - his
Rosie and the Time Thief’ series is aimed at slightly older children, aged 7-11. They tell the stories of a girl who finds herself dashing through time to retrieve a time map so she can get home.
Each ‘Rosie’ book has an historical and Maths theme, and there’s a code running through the series that the children can decipher, making them a really interactive and fun read.
Buy from: All Simon's books are available to buy from Amazon - follow the links on his website to find them all.
Take all the guess work out of buying a selection of fine foods for a food lover this Christmas with these incredible festive hampers packed with good stuff by The Deli at 40a, in Earlestown.
In black or grey box with ribbon and bow, and including Panettone; Soft Amaretti (window box); Pasta sauce; Pesto; Trofie or Orichette; Risotto. Price: £32.95
In black or grey box with ribbon and bow, and including: Little’s (small coffee); Teapigs; Fudge Kitchen Cracker; Cuoco Florentines; Teoni’s Biscuits (White & Raspberry Sprinkles or Dark Choc & Honeycomb); Georie Porgie Mini Xmas Pudding; 2 x Cole’s Mini Brandy Butters. Cost: £34.50
Presented in a festive red jute bag with ribbon and bow, and including: Holdsworth Chocolates; Georgie Porgie Mini Xmas Pudding; 2 x Cole’s Mini Brandy Butters; Fudge Kitchen Cracker; Teoni’s Biscuits (White & Raspberry Sprinkles or Dark Choc and Honeycomb). Cost: £32.50
Beautifully presented in a grey jute bag with ribbon and bow, and including: Little’s (small coffee); Teapigs; Walkers Xmas Tree Shortbreads; Fudge Kitchen Cracker; Hawkshead La’al Sweet Jars x 3. Cost: £36.85
Buy from: The Deli at 40a, in Earlestown.
Don't forget you can also pick up some incredible food and ingredients to make your festive menu really sparkle - plus the Deli at 40a's cheeseboards are the stuff of legend!
Rhea's Christmas Sweetie Jar is great for a stocking filler or you just want to get something for someone special.
Cost: £3.50 a jar (£3.70 with Ribbon) - P&P £2.95.
Buy from: Rhea's Real Fancies
Bring back some of those sticky and sweet memories of the pick 'n' mix and penny sweets of childhood with a letterbox gift from The Retro Sweet Van.
With five old-fashioned favourites and complete with traditional pink and white striped sweet bags, these treats will definitely take you on a trip down memory lane.
Cost: £9.99. If you live in WN7 or WA3, you can have free delivery, too. Simply message Lollipoppy via their Etsy shop and let them know you saw them on Lowton and Golborne News.
Buy from: Lollipoppy, Lowton
The Butterfly in Me Christmas Cheer candle captures the essence of the season - with a base of Cedarwood and Cassia, middle notes of Clove, Nutmeg and Pine, topped with hints of Lemon, Orange and Peppermint. It has a burning time of 30-40 hours and is priced £11.50 - also available in Christmas tree shaped wax melts for just £2.50.
This Lowton based business is also selling a range of t-shirts and hoodies - all vegan friendly, sustainable, & ethically made and featuring messages of positivity. Choose from:
- Kids t-shirt - “Happy to be the me that you see” - £6
- Ladies t-shirt - “Proud to be authentically me” - £10
- Ladies hoodie - “Being me fabulously” - £20
You could also choose this cheery bath bomb set - perfect for kids!
It contains products handmade by small businesses:
- Bubblegum & Rosy Cheeks Bath Bombs from Bubble And Bathe.
- Pink Lemonade Lip Balm from Bliss Botanicals
These pampas baubles are bang on trend for 2021 and will look stunning on any Christmas tree!
Buy from: WithLoveLyndsey, Golborne.
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